Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Tropfest promises to deliver another helping of top-class talent. With a slight twist for 2012’s event, entries to the world’s largest short film festival must include a Tropfest signature item – the ‘lightbulb’. Productions by 16 finalists will be screened in Sydney’s Domain this Sunday (February 19), for free, but get there early because a crowd of 150,000 film buffs is expected to show up. A celebrity panel will be judging the shorts, with the winner announced on the night. There’ll also be live links to outdoor locations across Australia. Get your popcorn at the ready. February 19. The Domain, Sydney.


Discovery Day, Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island has become one of Oz’s most popular tourist destinations since it was discovered in 1788. Join the local celebrations, which include a traditional island fish fry, followed by events including a palm tree climb. February 18.


World Theatre Festival, Brisbane
Always fancied yourself a bit of a thespian? Then head to this 10-day festival which celebrates productions from across the globe. Expect the unexpected, as well as the surprising and appalling, as you watch theatre in the making. Impressive stuff. February


Riverboat Music Festival
Under towering red gums on the banks of the Murray River, this festival promises music in a true Aussie setting. Watch the paddle steamers glide by as you listen to tunes from the likes of Lanie Lane and Tex Perkins. A one-day Friday ticket costs from $25. February

February 13th, 2012